Creative Innovation in a Lean Environment
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This interactive one-day Leadership Program focuses on leading and supporting product and service innovation, while recognizing the challenges faced in today's business environment.
How do we eliminate the non-value-added components of our business, and free up the resources we need to focus on innovation? Lean also instills a culture we can use as a foundation for innovation and establishing a strategy for what is "next".
Published surveys of leadership sentiments agree that innovation is on most executives "must-do" list yet:
- Most businesses are too complex
- Customers don't understand or value all the offerings of these same organizations
- The most significant obstacles to innovation are a lack of resources and short-term focus
Challenges create opportunities, and this is where "Lean" comes in. Often mistakenly seen as a cost-cutting tool or headcount reduction tactic, lean focuses on value.
In Lean Innovation: Understanding What's Next in Today's Economy, Barry Cross explores how to use Lean to free up resources from within the organization to support and ‘fund’ innovation and inspire a culture of creativity. Easy to read and humorous, Cross’ stories resonate and his tactics are very applicable. He demonstrates that you likely have the people needed to drive innovation.
- Enable your teams to better identify opportunity
- Learn to recognize waste and how it inhibits the delivery of value to customers
- Foster a balance between creativity and execution necessary to implement new ideas
- Take personal steps to get out of your own day-to-day rut
- Continuous and sustained fresh thinking
- Best-in-class employee enthusiasm and morale
- Improvement to existing processes
- An agile culture that supports the next thing, while recognizing legacy products and services we should move past
Through a series of cases and discussions, this Program will provide you with the tools to:
- Consider "What's Next?" for your firm
- Understand the role of “Lean” in competitiveness
- Stimulate creativity in disciplined environments
- Build a clear link between generating the idea, refining it and implementing the innovation in your business
- Drive an innovation culture webinar
The Program includes these main themes:
Understanding and Applying Lean
- Freeing up internal resources; focus on the 'right less'
- What does the customer want, and where are we wasting our time?
- Applying "Lean" to Innovation – where simple sells
The Innovation Framework
- Disruptive Innovation and where cannibalization fits
- Story-boarding ideas and Innovation calisthenics
- Getting past the 1.0 version of an idea
- Structuring the organization to support specific ideas
- Innovation and organizational growth; Leadership's Role
- The link to Execution; keep your eye on the prize
Who should attend
This program is intended for Managers and Executives in public and private-sector organizations charged or concerned with fostering innovation and creativity in their environment.